1 week vacation and i come home to monster chicks!

jsanders

In the Brooder
10 Years
May 15, 2009
35
0
32
Calera aka Minooki
Unbelievable...they're twice as big. I have to get started on the coop tomorrow. I'm going to build an 8x8 lean to. 5 to 8 nesting boxes inside with outside access...i was going to do the ones that stick out about a foot but it looks like too much wasted space. a people door, window, pop door and removable wall for easy cleaning and perches.

What am I forgetting?
 

JennsPeeps

Rhymes with 'henn'
11 Years
Jun 14, 2008
6,583
26
261
South Puget Sound
It's amazing how fast the little beasties grow! Once they hit about 5 weeks the growth isn't nearly as noticeable.

I'd do the pop-out boxes. It looks like wasted space now but you'll be glad you had the extra room, however miniscule.
 

rhondapiper

Songster
10 Years
Mar 9, 2009
226
2
111
Harford County Maryland
I usually take care of the chicks because I have more time than my partner, but one day last week I was running late and having a rough morning, so I did not do the morning feeding and watering myself.

When I came home in the afternoon, I was shocked by how much bigger they had gotten in just one day. It's really amazing.
 

RendonRoo

Songster
10 Years
Feb 7, 2009
1,147
8
161
ft. worth
I think they grow about 25% a day for the first 5 or 6 weeks. After that it takes a day or two to notice the growth. Just wish my kids would grow up and move out that fast. LOL.
 

JennsPeeps

Rhymes with 'henn'
11 Years
Jun 14, 2008
6,583
26
261
South Puget Sound
We weighed our BA & BO daily for the first month. It was amazing: they put on about 10% of their body weight DAILY and tripled their weight in something like 2 weeks.

ETA: I'd smack anyone who told me I ate like a bird.
 
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GAchick

Songster
10 Years
Apr 29, 2009
482
7
121
Pembroke GA
Quote:Yeah, apparently peafowl eat more like a bird...we determined the appropriate saying should be "eats like a peacock."

No, 'eats like a bird' means 'eats like a pig'....
 

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